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September 23, 2020

Top 10 HR Webinar Themes 2020

We've compiled a list of our top 10 HR webinar themes for 2020. Discover the latest industry trends that human resources professionals need to know about.

Stay Current with HR Webinars

HR Webinars are the best way to stay current in the rapidly evolving world of HR. They allow you to keep up to date with the latest industry trends, and hear from key HR thought leaders who offer practical advice from top tips to strategic planning to help you streamline your HR process. Running an HR webinar is a great way to prove your expertise in your area and publicize your business.

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Build Brand Awareness and Authority

Whether you tune in live or catch up on-demand, there is no denying that HR webinars are one of the most useful by-products of the pandemic. They are a convenient and reliable way to access industry leading information from the comfort of your own home. Some webinars will even earn the viewers recertification credits towards a HRCI or SHRM certification.

Running an HR Webinar is also a great way to build brand awarenes and authority, as well as engage with your audience and the wider HR community. In this article, we take a look at some of the most relevant HR themes being discussed at the moment, any of which would be an ideal topic for your organization's first webinar.

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Top 10 HR Webinar Themes 2020

1. Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is one of the cornerstones of successful business management, however due to recent events it has hit a historic drop. According to Gallup, employee engagement fell to to 31% in June 2020, the most significant drop in the U.S since 2000.

Since the transition to remote working is here to stay, it is become more crucial than ever to find new strategies to engage remote teams. A webinar could look at common practices seen in companies with high levels of engagement, which trends are shaping employee experience and how to engage a remote workforce.

2. Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Talent management has always been at the forefront of HR leaders' minds, and with voluntary employee turnover on the rise, managers must work harder than ever to retain top talent. Millennials are the largest generation in the labor force, and are three times more likely to change jobs than their predecessors. According to new research of more than 600 US businesses, 63% say retaining employees is actually harder than hiring them.

However, only 30% of employers say they have changed their approach to managing Talent to account for shorter average retention times. Winning the 'war for talent' is a hot HR topic, and a great webinar could delve into recruitment strategies for the best candidates and how to onboard and engage new employees effectively.

3. Managing Performance for the Remote Team

The pandemic has introduced a new hybrid workforce model, where teams are split between home and the office. The hybrid working environment presents equal amounts of opportunity, challenge, benefits and risk, so it is vital to discuss different methods of performance management for the remote team.

There is much debate as to whether it is appropriate to perform performance reviews remotely, yet research suggests that collaboration and accountability will help to maintain trust and connection in a disparate team. Webinar discussion points could include building a healthy culture of feedback, creating alignment by establishing goals and objectives, and recognizing and rewarding people effectively.

4. Employee Recognition, Rewards and Wellbeing

The real power of any business lies in making a commitment to wellbeing on an individual, team and organizational level. Protecting the wellbeing of your employees in these unprecedented times is of upmost importance, and rewarding people for their efforts will make a meaningful difference in the long term. What is missing for many remote workers at the moment is recognition and rewards.

Frequent recognition by is a great way to rebuild workplace connections, uniting and engaging a remote workforce. 69% of employees say they'd work harder if they were better appreciated, so finding effecting strategies for employee rewards and recognition is an important avenue to explore. Discussions might consider why rewards and recognition are meaningful, and how to implement them for the remote team.

5. Navigating the pandemic and beyond

The world is changing fast. As the coronavirus crisis continues to take hold, companies have managed to adapt to remote work. However, human resources professionals need to have the right tools to navigate the pandemic and beyond.

The actions of leaders and HR professionals have never been more important. A webinar could look at tips for navigating the workplace post-pandemic, the increasingly pivotal role of the HR practitioner and frameworks and tools for leaders to future-proof their contingent workforce program.

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6. Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

In light of today's global political, economic and business environment, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion is taking on increasing significance. Everyone agrees that DE&I is important, however leaders and employees are not sure what they're doing about it. There is an urgent need for better corporate diversity initiatives, and HR plays an vital role is steering the organization in the right direction.

HR departments need to ask themselves whether they are simply 'checking the box' or truly making an impact on their employees' journey. A DE&I webinar might consider how diversity can drive business forward, and practical steps to start achieving real and meaningful diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

7. Building a Strong and Transparent Company Culture

In the current climate, values have taken on a new and more important role in helping determine and build company culture. Culture is what makes a great organization stand out from the rest, especially during tough times. Companies must curate a healthy company culture in order to boost engagement, wellbeing and retention. A webinar could explore how to decide on your organizational culture, how to build a culture that resonates with remote workers and how to shape a culture that meets the needs of a multi generational workforce.

8. Artificial Intelligence and HR

One of the key HR trends for 2020 is the introduction of artificial intelligence in the HR sphere. AI algorithms have the ability to automate tasks which will free up more time for human resources teams, allowing them to focus on strategic HR. In addition, insights that are data driven will facilitate employe engagement and performance management.

Global research has highlighted that AI is changing the relationship between people and technology at work. A webinar could decode some of the confusion surround AI and HR, whilst exploring the strategic benefits of data-driven decision making.

9. Supporting Managers in the Virtual World

Leaders need to adapt and evolve in order to thrive in the rapidly changing world. According to a study by the Harvard Business Review, 40% of supervisors and managers surveyed expressed low self-confidence in their ability to manage workers remotely. Digital transformation has accelerated, and processes are shifting to meet entirely new and different demands.

40% of supervisors and managers expressed low self-confidence in their ability to manage workers remotely

Leaders need to hone their management skills to excel at leading a remote workforce, and keep their employees aligned, engaged and productive. A successful webinar could discuss strategies to facilitate communication within the remote organization, the key leadership skills needed to maintain employee productivity and the power of positive leadership.

10. HR Trends for 2021

Everyone wants to stay current and up to date with the newest trends in HR. Hosting a webinar that looks forward to HR Trends for 2021 is a sure-fire way to ensure a large number of sign ups. Trends are constantly changing, but a webinar might consider digital transformation, employee experience and the growing need for resilient leaders.

What are you waiting for...

Webinars are an invaluable tool to promote your business and connect with other HR professionals and leaders around the world. Capitilize on this key industry resource now and start planning your first webinar.

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